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Nov 18, 2020 Gabrièu Pelisson
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This video was recorded by Gabrièu Pelisson in France. Nissart, also written Niçard, Niçois, and Nizzardo, is a variety of the Occitan language native to the French city of Nice and its surrounding regions, including parts of Monaco. Occitan (occitan, lenga d’òc) is spoken by approximately 110,000 people in Southern France, with about 108,000 speakers elsewhere (especially in nearby regions of Spain, Italy, and Monaco, together these regions are often referred to as Occitania). It is an...
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Nov 18, 2020 Nicole Barbieri
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Bresciano is a variety of the Eastern Lombard language, spoken in Brescia, Lombardy, Italy. It is one of the Gallo-Romance languages alongside Occitan, Catalan, and French. Nicole's Translation: "Hello! My name's Nicole, I am 23 years old and I live in Italy, more precisely in a town in the province of Brescia, in Lombardy. Today in this video I'm going to speak dialetto Bresciano, which is the dialect spoken in the province of Brescia, but also in other territories with some variants, for...
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Nov 18, 2020 Elliot
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Nov 18, 2020 Samuel Siari
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Nov 18, 2020 Edwin Boc
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Ying and Lian talk about about sweet rice wine in Guangxi, or Mainland, Cantonese, a variety of the Yue Chinese language of Guangxi, Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau. This video of Ying and Lian was recorded by Edwin Boc in Ontario, Canada. The Yue language group is part of the Sino-Tibetan language family. Varieties of Yue are commonly spoken in the Guangdong province, with about 84 million speakers total. The variety spoken by Ying and Lian, Cantonese, is the most widespread variety of Yue due...
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Nov 18, 2020 Avi Kumar
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Maasai, or Maa, is an East African language. It is an Eastern Nilotic language spoken in Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania. Closely related to Samburu, Chamus, and Parakuyu. This video of John Lamayan speaking Maasai was recorded by Avi Kumar in Kenya. Maasai, also known as Maa, is a language spoken by the Maasai people who live in Southern Kenya and Northern Tanzania. As of 2016, there were 1.5 million native speakers of this language. Maasai is an Eastern Nilotic language in the broader...
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Nov 18, 2020 Cemre Ömer Ayna
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Zazaki, or Zaza, is an Indo-Iranian language from eastern Turkey. Spoken by up to 2 million people, Zazaki is the ancestral language of the Zazaki people, cultural cousins of the Kurds, and is closely related to the Kurdish language. This video was self-recorded by Cemre Ömer Ayna in Turkey. Southern Zazaki, also known as Zaza, is spoken by the Zaza people of Eastern Turkey. Because many Zazas consider themselves ethnically Kurdish, and the language interacts heavily with the Kurdish language,...
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Nov 18, 2020 De Andre A. Espree-Conaway
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Bahau is one of the Austronesian languages from the island of Borneo; specifically, East Kalimantan, Indonesia. The language of the Kayan people, Bahau is also called Kajan. A Malayo-Polynesian language, it's related to Modang, Segai, and the Punan languages. This video of Victor Belareq speaking Bahau was recorded by DeAndre A. Espree-Conaway in Indonesia, an archipelago nation of Southeast Asia. Bahau is a Kayanic language with about 19,000 native speakers; the Kayanic languages are a...
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Nov 18, 2020 Adrian Sanchez
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Adrian speaks the Caribbean variety of Spanish, one of the Romance languages. His specific Colombian Caribbean coastal variety is called "costeño". Related to French, Italian, Portuguese, and other Romance languages. Self-recorded by Adrian in Los Angeles, California. He speaks the Colombian dialect of Caribbean Spanish, known colloquially as "costeño", which is a Latin American Spanish term referring to people who live on the coast of Latin American nations. Caribbean...
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Nov 18, 2020 Gian Pablo Antonetti
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Stela is one of a few thousand native speakers of Esperanto, a constructed international auxiliary language, or auxlang, created by L.L. Zamenhoff in 1887. There are over a million Esperantists worldwide. Esperanto was a precursor to Ido, another auxlang. This video of Stela Besenyei-Merger was self-recorded remotely due to COVID-19 and contributed by Gian Pablo Antonetti; she was in Budapest, Hungary, and he was near Scranton, Pennsylvania. Esperanto is a constructed international auxiliary...
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Nov 18, 2020 Dhrubhagat Singh
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Features Dhrubhagat speaking Hiligaynon, one of the regional Austronesian languages spoken in the Philippines. It is one of the Bisayan languages and mainly found in Western Visayas and Soccskargen. Self-filmed by Dhrubhagat Singh in the Philippines. Dhrubhagat speaks Hiligaynon, often referred to by native speakers as Ilonggo. Hiligaynon is an Austronesian regional language spoken by more than 9 million people, most commonly in the Visayas. Despite not being taught in schools or used in...
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Nov 18, 2020 Ahmad Kadan
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Ahmad speaks Aleppo Arabic (Aleppine Arabic), a variety of Levantine Arabic, one of the Semitic languages alongside Hebrew, Amharic, and Tigrinya. Aleppo Arabic is spoken in and around Aleppo, Syria. This video was self-recorded by Ahmad Kadan in Aleppo, Syria. Ahmad speaks Aleppine Arabic, which is a variety of North Levantine Arabic that is spoken by more than 24.2 million people. Also known as Aleppo Arabic, this variety is specific to Aleppo and the surrounding regions; it differs from...
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Nov 18, 2020 Edward Ching Nam Fan
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Edward speaks Hong Kong Cantonese, a variety of Cantonese in the Sino-Tibetan languages family. Similar to Cantonese in Macau. Related to other Sinitic languages such as Mandarin, Wu Chinese, and Jin Chinese. Hong Kong Cantonese, which is native to the semi-autonomous Hong Kong, is a variety of the broader Cantonese language which is spoken throughout southeastern China. Cantonese is in the Yue group of the Sino-Tibetan language family, which contains most of the widespread languages spoken in...
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Nov 18, 2020 Thorin Engeseth
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Features Nasser speaking Siwan Berber (Siwi language) and Egyptian Arabic; both are Egyptian languages. Siwi is in the Berber language family, and Arabic is in the Semitic language family. This video was recorded in Egypt’s Siwa Oasis and features Nasser speaking Egyptian Arabic and Siwa Berber, also known as Siwi. Egyptian Arabic is a variety of Arabic, a Semitic language of the broader Afro-Asiatic language family, spoken by 49 million people in Egypt and an additional 51 million speakers...
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Nov 18, 2020 Nabil Berri
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Central Asmat is one of more than 800+ languages spoken by Papuans in West Papua (Indonesia) and Papua New Guinea. One of the Asmat languages, it is related to the North Asmat and Citak languages. This video of an anonymous speaker was recorded by Nabil Berri, a Wikitongues contributor from Indonesia, while he was visiting the village of Agats in West Papua, Indonesia. Though often referred to as a single language, Asmat is actually a cluster of closely related languages: Kaweinag, Citak...
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Nov 18, 2020 Thomas Thibaut
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Thomas speaks Walloon, one of the Romance languages, related to French and the other langues d’oïl, including Norman and Picard. It is spoken primarily in Wallonia, Belgium, as well as northern France and French Canada. Walloon is spoken by about 600,000 people. It is a Romance language in the langue d’oil family, which includes French, Picard, and Norman, among others. It has a rich literary and linguistic history, but since Wallonia was annexed by France in 1795 its use has decreased...
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Nov 18, 2020 JoséAntonio Iglesias
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Juan Carlos speaks Santiagueño Quichua, one of the Southern Quechuan languages, and Spanish, one of the Romance languages alongside Portuguese, Catalan, and French. Also called Santiago del Estero Quichua, this dialect is spoken in Argentina. This video was recorded by José Antonio Iglesias in Tandil, Argentina. Santiagueño Quichua, also known as Santiago del Estero Quichua, is a variety of Southern Quechua spoken by at least 60,000 people in Argentina’s Santiago del Estero province....
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Nov 18, 2020 Kamran Ali
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The video was recorded by Kamran Ali in Moscow. Wakhi is spoken by upwards of 60,000 people across Central Asia, with the largest community of speakers in Pakistan and smaller communities in Afghanistan, Tajikistan, and China. An Indo-Iranian language of the Indo-European language, Wakhi bares resemblance to languages like Kurdish and Farsi, although its specific genealogy is under-researched. There is some evidence that it's related to the extinct Saka language, which was spoken in the ancient...
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Nov 18, 2020 Gianluca Zaffino, Bruno Zaffino, Franca Zaffino
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Featuring Gianluca and his family using the Abruzzese variety of Neopolitan, one of the Romance languages which is also known as Napoletano-Calabrese. The Abruzzese dialect is spoken in Abruzzo, Italy. This video was recorded by Gianluca Zaffino and features him speaking Abruzzese with his parents, Bruno and Franca. Abruzzese is spoken by as many as 1.3 million people, primarily in Abruzzo, Italy. It is a variety of the Romance language Neapolitan, which is sometimes described by linguists as...
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Nov 18, 2020 Ludovic Hinsinger Góngora
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This video was recorded by Ludovic Góngora in Touraine, France. Tourangeau is spoken by an unknown number of people in the French province of Touraine and surrounding regions. It is one of the extant langues d'oïl, a family of Romance languages that includes the French language, as well as Picard, Walloon, Lorrain, Champenois, Orléanais, Tourangeau, Berrichon, Bourbonnais, Bourguignon, Franc-Comtois, Armorican, Poitevin, Saintongeais, and Norman; the last of which is the language from which...
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Nov 18, 2020 Meninet
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This video features Meninet speaking Tigrinya, which is her mother tongue. She recorded the video in Italy, where she was born and raised. At the start of the video she greets the viewer in the nine native spoken languages of Eritrea: Kunama, Bilen, Saho, Tigre, Bidawet, Nara, Rashaïda, Afar, and lastly, Tigrinya. She then continues in Tigrinya, speaking about the difference that she sees between identity (which is the meaning of her name) and nationality. Tigrinya is the most widely spoken...
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Nov 18, 2020 Nzonou Kpatcha
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Kabiye is an Eastern Guruns language of the Atlantic-Congo languages. It is spoken by as many as 1.2 million people, primarily in Togo, Benin, and Ghana. In Togo, Kabiye is recognized as a national language, which provides media access and teaching as an optional subject. In 2014, the Kabiye Wikipedia was launched, after the secretary of the Académie Kabiye launched an initiative. As of May 2020, the Kabiye Wikipedia hosts 1,604 unique pages of content.
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Nov 18, 2020 Nathaniel Kim
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Sekpele (Likpe, Mu, Bosele) is spoken by about 23,000 people, mostly living in the mountains of Ghana’s Volta Region. The language is classified as a member of the Kwa branch of the Niger-Congo language family. There are two dialects: the nuclear dialect of Sekpele and the Sekwa dialect. Sekpele is in vigorous use in the Volta region. Sekpele speakers also often use Akan and Éwé, which are both related to Sekpele. Literacy rates are low (under 10%), but the language is present in all...
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Nov 18, 2020 Jamal Benhamou
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Tachelhit is spoken by at least four million people, primarily Berbers in the North African nation of Morocco, where it is officially recognized as a dialect of a single ‘Berber language’. It is also spoken by diaspora communities throughout Europe and the Middle East. A literary language since at least the 16th century CE, Tachelhit speakers have employed writing systems in the transcription of their language, one of the oldest being the Arabic alphabet, which arrived in Morocco during the...
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Nov 18, 2020 Lior Markus Pittau
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Campidanese Sardinian is one of the two written standards of Sardinian. The orthography is based on the spoken dialects of central southern Sardinia, identified by certain attributes which are not found, or found to a lesser degree, among the Sardinian dialects centered on the other written form, Logudorese. Logudorese and Campidanese dialects are intelligible to a certain degree, dipending on the spoken regional subdialect, meaning some subdialects of Campidanese are more intelligible with...
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Nov 18, 2020 Robert Keresztesy
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Featuring Alexander speaking Banat Swabian, a variety of the Swabian Germanic language. This variety is spoken mainly in Romania and differs from the Swabian culture and language in southern Germany. Alexander speaks the Banat variety of Swabian, one of the Germanic languages. This video was recorded by Robert Keresztesy in Timișoara, Romania. Banat Swabians are the descendants of Germanic peoples who settled in the Banat region of Central and Eastern Europe after it was captured from Ottoman...
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Nov 18, 2020 John Kazaklis
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This video was recorded by John Kazaklis in Orlando, Florida. Turkmen, which is spoken by approximately 6.7 million people, is the official language of Turkmenistan. Turkmen is an Oghuz language in the Turkic language family, and it is spoken in Turkmenistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, among other nations. Turkmen is most similar to Turkish and Azerbaijani, sharing a high degree of intelligibility with the latter. The most famous Turkmen poet is Magtymguly Pyragy, an eighteenth-century...
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Nov 18, 2020 Ramzy Muliawan
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Tricia Monica speaks the Lintau dialect of Minangakau. The Minangkabau language is spoken in Sumatra, Indonesia and is related to the Malay lndonesian language. Minangkabau is a South East Asian Austronesian language spoken by over 5 million people across the island of Sumatra as well as by diaspora communities in Singapore and the Netherlands, where it is a recognized minority language. The Lintau dialect is primarily spoken in and around the Lintau Buo and Lintau Buo Utara districts in...
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Nov 18, 2020 Krishna Rao
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This video was recorded by Krishna Rao in New Jersey, USA. Kannada, also known as Kanarese, is a Southern Dravidian language. It is spoken primarily in Karnataka, the Indian state in the southwest, by around 56 million people. It the official and administrative language of the state and is one of the scheduled languages of India. It is a member of the southern branch of the Dravidian language family, which also includes Tamil and Malayalam. Kannada has an extensive literary tradition, with the...
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Nov 18, 2020 Ramzy Muliawan
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Minangkabau is spoken by more than 5 million people, principally in the Indonesian province of West Sumatra, and neighboring North Sumatra, where it functions as a lingua franca between a diverse array of communities, as well as parts of Malaysia. An Austronesian language of the Malayo-Polynesian family, Minangkabau is closely related to Malay, as well as Balinese, Indonesian, and a myriad of others languages.
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Nov 18, 2020 Tajaun Gibbison
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This video was recorded by Tajaun Gibbison in the U.S. state of Florida. Jamaican Creole English, also referred to as Jamaican Patois, Jamaican Creole, Jamiekan, Limon Creole English, and sometimes simply "Patois", is spoken in Jamaica by about 2.7 million people, as well as among the Jamaican diaspora (around 800,000 worldwide). Patois features considerable West African influence, particularly from the Akan language group. It has similarities with other creole languages, reportedly...
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Nov 18, 2020 Ramzy Muliawan
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Nov 18, 2020 Erin McGee
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Finnish, referred to as suomi or suomenkieli, is spoken by 5.5 million people. The majority of the speakers live in Finland, with some disapora speakers in Russia, other Nordic countries, and the United States - primarily in Minnesota. It is a recognized minority language in Russia, Sweden, and Norway, and an official language in Finland and the European Union. It is an Uralic language and is recognized for its grammatical cases, large range of diphthongs, consonant gradation, and compound...
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Nov 18, 2020 Atul Ojha
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This video was recorded by Atul Ojha in Nepal. Nepali is spoken by as many as 25 million people, primarily in the Himalayan nation of Nepal and the Indian states of Sikkim, Assam, and West Bengal, as well as by diaspora communities around the world. According to a 2011 census, it is the mother tongue of 16 million people, primarily in Nepal, where it is nationally official, as well as Sikkim and West Bengal, where it is regionally official. An Indo-Aryan language of the Indo-European language...
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Nov 18, 2020 Andrey Berezin
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Russian is an East Slavic language of the Indo-European family. It is an official language in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, and widely used in Eastern Europe, the Baltic states, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. Russian is used in official capacity or in public life in all the post-Soviet nation-states, as well as in Israel and Mongolia. There are over 260 million speakers worldwide, making it the seventh-most spoken language in the world as a mother tongue, and the eigth-most...
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Nov 18, 2020 Nabil Berri
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This video was recorded by Nabil Berri in Batui, a town in the Banggai Archipelago of Indonesia's Central Sulawesi Province. Balantak is an Austronesian language spoken in Indonesia, on the eastern peninsula of Sulawesi. It is the primary language of the Balantak people and is spoken by approximately 30,000 people. Although the majority of Balantak speakers also speak Indonesian, Balantak is still used in everyday contexts. There are 12 consonants that are native to Balantak phonology, and...
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Nov 18, 2020 Kasha Rigby
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This video was recorded by Kasha Rigby in Camp 4, Rohingya Refugee Camp in Bangladesh. Rohingya, or Ruáingga, is a language of the Bengali-Assamese branch of the Eastern Indo-Aryan language family. There are approximately 1.8 million Rohingya speakers, a predominantly Muslim community from Rakhine, Myanmar (Burma). In 2013, the United Nations declared the Rohingya people to be one of the world’s most persecuted minorities, as they are denied Myanma citizenship, as well as the right to public...
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Nov 18, 2020 Irena Dahl
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This video was recorded by Irena Dahl in Valletta, Malta. Maltese is a Semitic language which is spoken by approximately 520,000 speakers, according to a 2012 census. Maltese is considered to be historically developed from Arabic, which was standardized and Latinised via the Norman invasion of Malta and the island’s ensuing Christianization. Despite originating from Arabic, Maltese is excluded from the diglossic relationship with Modern Standard Arabic, which all Arabic dialects have....
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Nov 18, 2020 Kasha Rigby
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This video of Azad speaking Rohingya was filmed by Kasha Rigby in Camp 4, Rohingya Refugee Camp in Bangladesh. Rohingya, or Ruáingga, is a South Asian language of the Bengali-Assamese branch of the Eastern Indo-Aryan language family. There are approximately 1.8 million Rohingya speakers, most of whom belong to the Rohingya ethnicity, who primarily live in the Rakhine State of Myanmar and follow Islam. In 2013, the United Nations declared the Rohingya people to be one of the world’s most...
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We’re living amid a renaissance of linguistic and cultural diversity. From the revival of minority languages in Europe to the resurrection of indigenous American cuisine, people around the world are pushing back against centuries of forced assimilation and reclaiming their cultural sovereignty. For the first time, our global community is breathing. At the turn of the twenty-first century, as many as half of all languages were in danger of disappearing, a canary in the coal mine of humanity....
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